NEWPORT BEACH — The same three geese that Coach Patrick Murphy has seen land on the Newport Harbor High outfield appeared again.
This time, the Sailors were playing a baseball game and not practicing.
In a matter of minutes, the geese had the entire field to themselves. The umpires called the Sailors' season opener Friday in the top of the seventh inning because of darkness.
Newport Harbor did not bat in the bottom half of the final inning and there was hardly a reason to because Beckman was on its way to winning. The Patriots picked up an 11-4 victory in a pool-play game in the Newport Elks Tournament Foothill Division.
Newport Harbor is off to a different start compared to last season. The Sailors won their first nine games, which included five in the tournament that they won last year.
They are different team this year. Young and inexperienced is how Murphy describes his players.